Giclée comes from the French word ‘gicler’ meaning beaming or atomizing. Using this technique means that we apply several layers of high quality ink on art print paper or canvas.
The Giclée art form was invented in the 80’s in the US. By using the Scitex IRIS 3024 printer, which was introduced in 1987, it was possible to use the computer (Apple) to send digital images to this printer.The beginning, the future
A number of American artists found out that the IRIS printer was extremely suitable to create limited editions. In 1991 Jack Duganne introduced the name “Giclée”. From that time on the American art world is familiar with this new way of creating limited editions, next to etching, serigraphy and stone lithography. In the US the Giclée has obtained its very own market position and soon Europe will follow. The process
The creation of a high quality Giclée starts with the reproduction of the original. The reproduction will be as closely matched to the original as possible. Often the artist will manipulate the digital image so it will maintain its very own character. After the artist’s approval, a digital master file will be created. This master file will be used to create a limited number of art prints. A Giclée is created individually and is of a raster free quality. The creation of a Certified Art Giclée™, which can take as long as an hour, is pure craftsmanship, usually done by a master printer.
The Giclée art print is a new and contemporary way of printing, meeting the highest requirements of artists and art collectors with respect to graphics. Because of this, the quality of Giclée art printing is regarded to be equal to the more common, traditional graphic techniques like etching, serigraphy and stone lithography.